If your organization has batted around the idea of hiring an e-learning librarian, two sets of issues may come into play, as framed in questions below.
First Set: Who does an e-learning librarian report to? How does their role differ from other instructional designers on campus? Do they work at the reference desk? 9-5? How much do they contribute to projects in other library departments? Is an MLS important?
As we know, the environment for electronic-based learning changes rapidly. This makes creating a position for an e-learning librarian difficult, given that the job requirements and projects can morph from year to year. Defining the core duties of a position can be tricky.
Second set: What expectations does your staff have regarding the opportunities that come with a new e-learning librarian position? How wildly might these expectations differ? What role will each person play? Does each person understand their role and are they committed to it? How will a team make the most of these opportunities and can they identify and remove barriers to progress?
Expectations held by staff for an e-learning librarian position can run the gamut in terms projects, control, boundaries, and their own level of involvement. An organization can benefit from exploring conflicting expectations and creating a common understanding surrounding these issues. Factors such as change-readiness, self-confidence, power, and influence will also be discussed.
Constructivist-based activities will inform participant views and provide a basis for further discussion and the reconstitution of activities back home.
O'Keeffe, Julie and Sanchez, Ed, "Expectation Management: Breaking Ground for a New E-Learning Librarian Position" (2010). LOEX Conference Proceedings 2008. Paper 32.